Over the woodward wall by A Deborah Baker
Series: The Up and Under #1
Format: ARC provided by Raincoast books
Published by: Tor Books
Top 3 Genres: Middle-Grade, Fairy Tale, Fantasy
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hey bookdragons! I did it, I finally tried my first Seanan Mcguire (AKA A Deborah Baker) and I was not disappointed! Now let me tell you about Over the woodward wall 😉
Avery is an exceptional child. Everything he does is precise, from the way he washes his face in the morning, to the way he completes his homework – without complaint, without fuss, without prompt.
Zib is also an exceptional child, because all children are, in their own way. But where everything Avery does and is can be measured, nothing Zib does can possibly be predicted, except for the fact that she can always be relied upon to be unpredictable.
They live on the same street.
They live in different worlds.
On an unplanned detour from home to school one morning, Avery and Zib find themselves climbing over a stone wall into the Up and Under – an impossible land filled with mystery, adventure and the strangest creatures.
And they must find themselves and each other if they are to also find their way out and back to their own lives.
Enter the Up-and-Under
A world where everything is possible, especially the improbable, and even sometimes the impossible. Impossible like the fact that two children from our world, find a wall in the middle of the street and, when they climb it, get lost into a strange forest: the Forest of Borders. And once you are there, coming back is pretty hard. That is what Avery and Zib soon find out, while they go from discovery to discovery, from meeting a speaking Owl, to talking to a gnome or befriending a Crow girl. From meeting the terrifying Queen of Swords to being saved by a drowned girl. Adventure awaits on the improbable road our heroes must take to, maybe, hopefully, go home. Danger too, and that is something Avery and Zib are not super used to, despite being quite different children!
Another improbable thing: their friendship! They might ruffle each other’s feathers, and not understand each other all the time, with their different views of the world, but they definitely need each other in the Up-and-Under!
Speaking of the Up-and-Under, it definitely gave me an Alice in Wonderland vibe! The encounters our heroes make, the Queen and King -doms, speaking animals, a bit of madness around the corner, even if they climbed a wall instead of falling into a hole (though that does happen later on), the Up-and-Under could definitely be Wonderland’s neighbour! And I loved it!
A unique writing
I had never read anything by Seanan Mcguire, like I said up there, but wow! What a good surprise her writing is! Delicate and descriptive, but not too much, diving into human minds and dissecting them with bluntness and kindness. I loved how she described her characters and her world. It was brilliant and beautiful, and yes I can say it now, I am a fan! And I can’t wait to read more of this author and drink up more of her writing!
In a few words
A Wonderland like tale, with a modern and unique writing, two heroes you’ll quickly grow fond of, and an adventure that is just beginning!
See you for a cup,